Ideas for a crafty half term

26 May 2015 by

craft 2015



If the kids are starting to get bored this half term, here are some art and craft ideas to help keep them entertained. Activities that are fun, low cost and helps teach children about recycling.

Bank Holiday rubbish collections

22 May 2015 by

Dorset recycling collection crew


All Rubbish and recycling collections will be as normal this Bank Holiday Monday.

Download your collection calender and print at Dorset for you


Do your bit for Dorset’s beaches

24 April 2015 by

2015 beech clean Come join us Sunday 26 April for the annual Great Dorset Beach Clean at beaches along the Dorset coast. This year promises to be another great community event with hopes to top last year’s turn-out of almost 700 volunteers who collected nearly 900 bags of rubbish.

A beachmaster will be there to provide you with rubbish bags, gloves and instructions.

Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for the conditions.


Beach Time Meeting point
Lyme Regis 2 – 4pm Entrance to Slipway, Cobb Harbour
Seatown 10am – noon National Trust Land Rover at Seatown
Eype 10am – noon Eype Beach car park
West Bay- East Beach 2 – 4pm Station Road car park
Burton Bradstock 11am – 1pm Outside Hive Beach Cafe
Cogden Beach 11am – 1pm National Trust Land Rover on Beach
West Bexington 10am – noon Beach car park
Abbotsbury 10am – noon Abbotsbury Beach car park
Chesil Cove 10am – noon Promenade by Cove House Inn
Church Ope Cove 10am – noon On the beach
Ferrybridge 11am – 1pm Chesil Beach Centre
Newton’s Cove 11am – 1pm On the prom
Bowleaze Cove 10am – noon Slipway, Bowleaze Cove
Ringstead Beach & Bay 11am – 1pm Bottom car park at Ringstead
Lulworth Cove 10am – noon At the slipway
Worbarrow Bay & Pondfield Cove 2 – 4pm Follow path to beach from Tyneham car park
Swanage North Beach 11am – 12.30pm Outside The Bull & Boat Restaurant, North end of promenade
Holes Bay, Poole 10.30am – 12.30pm Cycleway by fire station roundabout, Holes Bay
Bournemouth 10am – noon Entrance to Bournemouth Pier on seafront
Friars Cliff, Christchurch 10.30am -12.30pm On wave wall below Steamer Point car park

Be freezer friendly: advice and facts to help save money

7 April 2015 by


WRAP’s latest figures suggest that upwards of 850,000 tonnes of food that could have been frozen is thrown away in the UK every year. That’s throwing away enough food to fill Wembley stadium, with the food itself worth up to £3bn – not factoring the cost of food waste disposal. Twenty per cent of households still throw away food because they have too much, or because it has been left to go bad.

WRAP are working with Iglo (parent group of Birdseye) for their latest campaign ifreeze to highlight the important role freezing can play in reducing food waste.

Freezers are a great way to make the most of your food. Here are the four golden rules to follow:

  1. You can freeze pretty much everything! The only exception is soft cheese as the texture goes very strange!
  1. The freezer acts like a pause button on food and so you can freeze it right up to the use-by date. It also stores safely for years – it’s just that the quality will start to deteriorate after three months. Ideally use within six months but don’t panic if it’s been there longer. It will just need longer, slower cooking and a bit more added flavour likes herbs and spices.
  1. Always wrap the food well in the freezer and don’t forget to label everything with the date and what it is.
  1. When you want to make use of it defrost overnight in the fridge, use within 24 hours and cook till piping hot. If you need it quickly food can be defrosted safely in the microwave.

No change to Easter collection dates

2 April 2015 by

EEmptying food waste slave bin into vehicle

Your rubbish, recycling and garden waste collections will continue as normal over the Easter period, including on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

You can check your next collection dates online.

Happy waste free Easter

2 April 2015 by

easter pix

Once upon a time Easter Eggs were notorious for wasteful packaging. Foil wrapped eggs would come in plastic moulding and bundled into large cardboard boxes. By the time the Easter Bunny had hopped away for another year, you were left with a groaning tummy and piles of landfill waste to dispose of.


Thankfully things have changed. Although Easter eggs still generate an estimated 3,000 tonnes of UK waste each year, it’s getting better.

According to WRAP Easter egg packaging was cut by 25% and, in some cases, by as much as 50% in 2009 by leading confectionery brands, manufacturers and retailers.

Some manufacturer’s use 100% recycled cardboard and others give clear recycling instructions on the packaging.  Remember, all cardboard packaging can be put in your recycling bin. Plus the tin foil wrappers can be taken to some local mini recycling centres.


Here’s some alternate ideas to be an eggs-cellent recycler this Easter



Instead of sending people shop-bought cards you could make one yourself, or even send an amusing e-card.

How to make traditional hand-painted Easter eggs:

1. Make a hole at the top and bottom of a large, free range egg
2. Carefully blow out the contents.
3. Allow the eggshell to dry
4. Gently decorate it with brightly coloured paints or felt-tips
5. Add some glitter or recycled ribbons – whatever you can ‘lay’ your hands on.
Happy Easter!

Leftover recipe ideas – Ham, leek and mushroom pie

20 March 2015 by

Mushroom pie

Tender ham plus veg in a creamy herb sauce topped with crispy pastry – this pie will be popular with the whole family. And there’ll be plenty of the ready-cooked meat left to make a quick rice main, a chunky ham sandwich or some nachos for a tasty supper.



Remove 600g (1lb 3oz) of ham from the cooked joint and cut it into bite-sized chunks. Wrap the leftover joint in foil or place in a lidded airtight plastic box and store in the fridge. Use within 2 days.

Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Melt the butter in a lidded frying pan over a medium heat, add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the leeks cover and cook for 10 minutes more, until softened, adding the garlic for the last 2 minutes.

Next stir in the flour, then turn up the heat and gradually pour in the stock, stirring all the time. Bring to the boil and cook for a couple of minutes until the mixture thickens a little. Remove from the heat and add the crème fraîche, tarragon and ham and season to taste. Spoon the filling into a 2 litre (3 1/2 pint) pie dish and place it on a baking tray.

On a floured surface, unroll the puff pastry. Cut a pastry strip the same width as the lip of the dish, wet the edge of the dish with a little of the beaten egg and fix the strip around it. Brush the top of the pastry strip with egg, then carefully place the remaining pastry on the dish. Trim the edges of the pastry and crimp to seal. Cut a slit in the middle of the pie to allow the steam to escape. Use any leftover pastry to cut out shapes to decorate the pie.

Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and bake for 25‑30 minutes until risen and golden.

Plus- enough meat leftover for these tasty mid-week snacks:

Garden waste calendars

12 March 2015 by

Raking up autumn leaves (large version)


A reminder to all our garden waste customers – 

Calendars will be sent out in the next few days, they are not yet available to download online. 

If you have not registered for the garden waste service but would still like to, you have until July 31 to sign up for collections starting in September, just £41 for the year.

Get composting

6 March 2015 by


With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get composting.

Composting saves money, waste and gives you a free supply of compost to keep your garden blooming year after year, using your kitchen and garden waste.


Dorset Waste Partnership has teamed up with to provide reduced priced environmental products such as home compost bins, water butts and more.

Whats more, prices on compost bins have been reduced this year;

  • the 330 litre black composter is now £19.98 (£22.98 in 2014)
  • the 220 litre black composter is now £17.98 (£19.98 in 2014)

For more information contact get composting .



13 February 2015 by

hot dates lebel


Confusion over date labels is common  only 36% of us correctly understand the term ‘Use By  and by getting dates in a muddle, we can easily end up throwing away food that is perfectly edible or eating food that is potentially unsafe.

Just under half of the good food and drink that we end up throwing away (worth £5.6 billion) is because we don’t use it in time: thrown away because it has either gone off or passed the date on the packaging.  By getting the dates to work for us, we can eat safely, take control, and also save money.

Here’s little reminder from Love Food Hate Waste:

Hot Dates to Remember

The most important dates are the following

  • The ‘Use By’ is there for your safety and is only found on foods where there is a safety risk.  Therefore food should not be eaten past this date, but it can be eaten or frozen right up to it.
  • The ‘Best Before’ date relates to quality – it will be at its peak condition at this time – food will still be safe to eat after the date, but it may not be at its best.
  • The ‘Sell By’ and ‘Display Until’ dates are just for the shops for internal stock control not shoppers so they can be safely ignored. If others in your house always throw food away at its Sell By scribble it out – just make sure you leave any Use By clearly displayed. Also try writing an ‘opened on’ date to milk or juice so that everyone knows how long they have to use them.


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